Analyzing AngelList Job Postings, Part 1: Basic Stats
Last month, I used AngelList data to analyze the technologies that startups use. After getting positive feedback on my analysis, I decided to dig into more AngelList data – this time looking at job postings. There is a lot of job posting data available via API, and Joshua Slayton from AngelList was kind enough to send me some additional data that is not available via API.
This series will consist of two separate blog posts:
Part 1: Basic stats about popular startup locations, job titles, vesting schedules, etc. [Full disclosure: this is the least interesting/actionable post in the series]
I took a snapshot of all jobs on AngelList on August 31st, 2014. There were 12610 jobs posted at the time.
Please note that this is an analysis of companies found on AngelList, which creates some expected biases. For example, the data will be biased toward earlier stage startups, and away from startups in non-English-speaking countries.
Top 20 cities
City # of open jobs San Francisco 2766 New York City 1676 Los Angeles 485 London 444 Boston 309 Palo Alto 300 Bangalore 263 Washington, DC 230 Toronto 226 Chicago 218 Mountain View 216 Seattle 201 Silicon Valley 186 New Delhi 185 Austin 161 Mumbai 153 Berlin 130 Vancouver 120 Santa Monica 117 Singapore 107
Next, I removed all cities that had 3 or fewer jobs (about 5% of all jobs) and categorized the remaining cities into geographic areas.
Jobs in each major geographic area
Geographic Area # of open jobs Silicon Valley 4130 US (minus SF, NY, LA) 2282 New York 1723 India 839 Southern California 801 Continental Europe 649 Canada 503 UK 493 Asia 238 Central/South America 91 Australia 78 Israel 54 Russia 46
Notable observations: SF, LA, and NYC make up almost 50% of all jobs on AngelList. Within Silicon Valley, 2/3 of all jobs are in SF and 1/3 are in Mountain View/Palo Alto/etc.
Openings per company
# of openings at startup # of startups 1 opening 3123 2 openings 1238 3 openings 689 4 openings 349 5 openings 215 6 openings 115 7 openings 78 8 openings 47 9 openings 30 10 openings 26 11 openings 10 12 openings 5 13 openings 7 14 openings 3 15 openings 1 17 openings 3 19 openings 3 23 openings 1 25 openings 1
Notable observations: About 60% of openings are at companies that list <=3 jobs, 35% are at companies that list 4-10 jobs, and the last 5% are at a handful of companies that have 11 or more open positions.
Job Opening Types
Type # of open jobs Full-time 9740 Cofounder 1080 Internship 997 Contract 936
Most common vesting periods
Vesting period # of open jobs 4 years 11096 3 years 526 0 years 355 2 years 269 5 years 182
Most common vesting cliffs
Vesting cliff # of open jobs 1.0 years 11875 0.0 years 403 0.5 years 135
Notable observations: 4 year vesting with a 1 year cliff is by far the most common equity vesting set-up.
Role # of open jobs Developer 6486 Marketing 1795 Designer 1656 Sales 1601 Mobile Developer 1434 Operations 818 Product Manager 810 Hardware Engineer 288 Finance 227 Office Manager 157 Human Resources 143 Attorney 39
(The counts in the second column add up to a little more than 12610 because some jobs were tagged with multiple roles.)
Skills mentioned in at least 500 job openings:
Skills mentioned in 250-499 openings: Angular.JS, Objective C, Sales, UI/UX Design, HTML/CSS/PHP/MYSQL, Product Development, Ruby, Mobile Application Design, Mobile Development, User Interface Design, SQL, Backbone.js, Django, PostgreSQL, Linux, Git, APIs, Sales Strategy and Management, Product Marketing, Mobile, Data Analysis, RESTful Services, and Social Media.
Skills mentioned in 100-249 openings: Big Data, Graphic Design, Hadoop, Adobe Photoshop, Web Design, Web Development, Redis, C++, Mobile Application Development, Photoshop, Product Management, Machine Learning, Software Engineering, SEO/SEM, iOS, REST APIs, Customer Service, noSQL, Twitter Bootstrap, Front-End Development, C, Databases, SaaS, AngularJS, JSON, Business Operations, C#, Growth Hacking, Marketing, Scala, Analytics & Reporting, Adobe Illustrator, Online Marketing, AJAX, Communication Skills, Project Management, E-Commerce, Customer Relationship Management, Full-Stack Web Development, Web Analytics, Sales/Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, Coffeescript, Business Strategy, Account Management, Community Management, Content Marketing, Writing, Backend Development, Amazon EC2, Advertising, .NET, Visual Design, Agile Software Develoment, Software Development, Google Analytics, Adobe Creative Suite, Heroku, and Algorithms.